Mental and behavioral health center to open in Kansas City, Kansas

Renovation of the building is expected to take about a year to complete

March 21, 2018 - 7:46 pm

The University of Kansas Health System plans to open a mental and behavioral health center in downtown Kansas City, Kansas.

The health system said in a news release Wednesday that it acquired the former Environmental Protection Agency building, which has been empty for five years. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Health System vice president Chris Rudernt says renovation of the building will take about a year. The total project cost is an estimated $61 million.

The new facility will include a 4- to 6-day inpatient adult mental and behavioral health unit with 47 beds. It will consolidate inpatient services currently provided at the system's main campus and at the Prairie Ridge campus in Kansas City, Kansas.

The new building also will house some administrative offices.

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